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I have 16 Ceramics plates and Ceramics drinking set (9.5 kg), can I carry them from Belgium to France as hand-luggage on a flight? I am flying with Ryanair. Below are a few pictures of the items.

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    Um, that's a statement, not a question. What do you want to ask? Nov 18, 2015 at 22:05
  • Can I carry 16 Ceramics plates and Ceramics drinking set (9.5 kg) from Belgium to France by hand-luggage during a flight ? Nov 18, 2015 at 22:21
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    Probably but wouldn't taking a train be easier and less risky? Nov 19, 2015 at 9:49
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    Thanks, for your answers. I will probably flight with Ryanair (10 kg 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus 1 small bag 35 x 20 x 20). Ryanair Baggage policy (goo.gl/t5FCqR). @TheMathemagician: I had think about, but it is way more expensive and longer. I will go to southern France. Nov 20, 2015 at 7:57
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    When you book early, train in France are not that expensive and when you go over the weight/size limits with Ryanair you pay quite a bit more than the basic ticket. Left is the time. Check out how long it takes, including the time needed to travel to and from the airports, you might be surprised.
    – Willeke
    Nov 22, 2015 at 15:35

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Prohibited Items? Probably Not.

Ceramic dishes shouldn't qualify as forbidden items, according to Ryanair's Terms and Conditions, which state:

Q: What items are prohibited onboard a Ryanair flight?

You cannot bring the following items onboard a Ryanair flight or in airport security restricted areas in the airport:

  • Guns, Firearms or similar weapons
  • Pointed/edged Weapons & Sharp Objects
  • Blunt Instruments: any blunt instrument capable of causing injury, this includes some sporting equipment such as tennis rackets and baseball bats
  • Explosives and flammable substances: any explosive or highly combustible substance which poses a risk to the health of passengers and crew or the security/safety of aircraft or property.
  • Chemical and Toxic Substances: any chemical or toxic substances which pose a risk to the health of passengers and crew or the security/ safety of aircraft or property

The carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels into the security restricted area of an airport and onboard aircraft is controlled in accordance with current EU Security Requirements.

More details on items prohibited onboard Ryanair flights can be found on the Terms and Conditions webpage here.

How about Carry-On Size and Weight?

Your real worry should be the size and weight of your carry-on luggage. According to Ryanair Terms and Conditions:

Q: What cabin baggage can I carry?

You can carry one cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 onboard the aircraft.

Due to cabin space limitations only 90 large cabin bags (55 x 40 x 20 cms) can be carried in the cabin, any bags remaining will be carried free of charge in the aircraft hold.

Passengers who have purchased Priority Boarding will not be asked to place their cabin bag in the aircraft hold, unless necessary due to operational reasons.

All the information you need is in the quoted text above. You have an allowance of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm in which you can fit a maximum of 10kg. In terms of size you should be fine, provided you pack the dishes as compactly as possible. The real question is the weight. You mention the whole set weighing 9.5kg which leaves you 0.5kg for padding and bubble-wrap. That might be on the short side, depending on how fragile these dishes really are.

Finally, you'll want to minimise the chances of having your hand luggage placed in the cargo hold upon boarding. Ideally you'd want to pay extra for Priority Boarding, as suggested in the T&C quoted above, and make sure you are one of the first to board the aircraft. The assumption is that, if only 90 pieces of large hand-luggage are allowed on board, you'll want to avoid being the 91st in line for boarding the plane.

Book an Extra Seat

Since we are talking about fragile items you don't wish to pack in the cargo hold, you could think of booking an extra seat for them. Indeed Ryanair allows its passengers to do so:

8.7 Unchecked baggage

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8.7.2 Objects which we deem unsuitable for carriage in the aircraft hold (such as delicate but small musical instruments, wedding dresses, hat boxes, etc.), and which do not meet the requirements set out in Article 8.7.1 above, may nevertheless be accepted for carriage in the cabin if they can be safely and conveniently secured into an extra seat which you have purchased for the specific purpose of same. To book an extra seat for such an item the word "ITEM SEAT" must be entered as the last name and "EXTRA" entered as the first name. EXTRA ITEM SEAT will then be displayed both in the reservation and on the on-line Boarding Pass. The accompanying passenger's travel document details must be entered during the on-line check-in process. There is no checked or cabin baggage allowance associated with the purchase of an extra seat.

This solution is likely to be the most expensive, although this really depends on the value of the fragile items you are carrying.

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